General Education Committee
APPOINTED STANDING COMMITTEES
Membership:Each school (Business, Community Education, Education, Liberal and Fine Arts, Physical and Life Sciences, Systems Science) and the Ozark campus will have one elected representative to serve terms of three years. The appointee shall have the same responsibilities as the other members. The Chair of the Faculty Senate, with approval from the Faculty Senate, will appoint one member. The appointee shall have the same responsibilities as the other members. The Chair of the Assessment Committee, with approval from the Assessment Committee, will appoint one member. The appointee shall have the same responsibilities as the other members. The Student Government Association shall be responsible for selecting a student to serve on the General Education Committee. The student will have the same responsibilities as other members. Eligibility is restricted to regular faculty with the exception of the student member.
Terms will be staggered. Initial members will draw to determine length of initial terms, one, two, or three years. Appointed members will serve for a term of three years, excepting initial members who will draw for terms of one, two, or three years. The Vice President for Academic Affairs shall appoint one faculty member to the committee. Vacancies of elected members will be filled by appointment by the Dean of the School represented by the member. Vacancies of appointed members will be filled by the responsible party.
Officers will be elected at the first meeting of the committee (Chair, Chair-elect, and Secretary). In subsequent years, the Chair-elect will move forward to assume the Chair position. A new Chair-elect and Secretary will be elected at the first meeting of the committee at the beginning of the academic year. The Chair and the Chair-elect shall work closely together to carry out the responsibilities of the committee and to provide a sense of continuity from one year to the next. The initial committee membership and officers shall work together to delineate formal lines of responsibility where needed or desired. The Chair will have three hours of release time per fall and spring semester.
Purpose:In accomplishing its purpose, the responsibilities of the General Education Committee shall include but not be limited to:
The General Education Committee will assume responsibility for general education assessment from the Assessment Committee. In order for the General Education Committee to make informed decisions about general education goals, policy, and requirements, the General Education Committee must be directly involved in assessing general education outcomes. The General Education Committee should directly determine the types of information it needs to effectively and efficiently carry out its oversight role.
The General Education Committee should consult with the relevant members of the campus community to improve the assessment and attainment of general education goals.
The General Education Committee will lead a focused review of general education goals, approximately every 5 years, to be reported to the Assessment Committee.
All proposals which affect general education should first be evaluated by the General Education Committee. Proposals regarding curriculum are then forwarded to the Curriculum Committee with the General Education Committee’s recommendations.
The committee should work with the departments or organizations involved in the proposals to coordinate any proposed changes before forwarding the proposal to the Curriculum Committee.
The General Education Committee will be responsible for ensuring that the purposes, content, and intended learning outcomes of general education are clearly and publicly articulated.
Current general education goals: The general education curriculum is designed to provide a foundation for knowledge common to educated people and to develop the capacity for an individual to expand that knowledge over his or her lifetime. Students who have completed the general education curriculum at Arkansas Tech University will be able to:
Develop ethical perspectives
Apply scientific and quantitative reasoning
Demonstrate knowledge of the arts and humanities
Understand wellness concepts